Jim Kelly Cards, Rookie Cards and Autograph Memorabila Guide

Jim Kelly

Date of Birth: 2/14/1960
Rookie Card Year: 1984
Investment Rating: 6.5


Overview

Jim Kelly was a terrific quarterback in both the USFL and NFL. He helped lead the small-market Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 1990s. Unfortunately, all of his Super Bowl appearances were losses for the Bills and, despite Kelly's stellar career, his mainstream reputation is mostly associated with those losses. Kelly was named to four Pro Bowls over his 11 NFL seasons and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. To this day, Jim Kelly cards remain popular among collectors.

Although he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1983 NFL Draft, Kelly decided to sign with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. Therefore, Kelly's first rookie card was included in the 1984 Topps USFL set. This remains one of the top Jim Kelly cards. Due to it's lower production run and the roster of players included, collectors have shown great interest in the product. Joining Kelly in the USFL set were fellow rookies Steve Young, Herschel Walker and Reggie White. Kelly made his NFL card debut in 1987 Topps Football after joining the Bills, who retained his NFL rights.

Jim Kelly is a typical name included in the "greatest to never win a Super Bowl" discussion. Because of this perceived failure, Kelly has limited hobby value, despite his Hall of Fame production. The University of Miami alumnus is not even the top option from the 1983 NFL Draft, falling in behind John Elway and Dan Marino, another great player that was unable to claim a Super Bowl win. Although he was a great player and is revered in the Buffalo area, Kelly is not a player to invest in expecting sizable gains. Despite this, Jim Kelly cards make a great addition to any football collection and should maintain solid value over time.

Jim Kelly Rookie Card Checklist

1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly RC #36

Technically not a true NFL rookie card, the 1984 Topps USFL Jim Kelly is still the top option for collectors. The patriotic-themed card shows an action shot of Kelly and sheds light on an interesting time in the history of football when top talent still joined the NFL's competition. This will always be considered one of the best Jim Kelly cards.

1987 Topps Jim Kelly RC #362

1987 Topps Football showcases Kelly's first official NFL rookie card and features a simple design. The card can be found online for as little as just a few bucks and as much as $20-30 for one in mint condition.

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Jim Kelly 1987 Topps Card Buffalo Bills NFL HOF USFL Miami Hurricanes
$10.00

Jim Kelly 1992 Pro Line Profile Football Card Mounted On Wood Plaque With 8x10
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2002 Donruss Classics Timeless Tributes #124 Jim Kelly 100 - NM-MT
$14.00

Panini Flawless Ruby Autograph Jersey Greats Bills Auto Jim Kelly 12 15 2014
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2007 Leaf Limited Jim Kelly Auto Jersey 20 25 Bills & Miami Hurricanes
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JIM KELLY 2004 EX AUTOGRAPH GAME JERSEY #D 50 SIGNINGS OF THE TIMES BILLS HOF
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John Elway & Jim Kelly 1996 Pacific Dynagon Tandems #3
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50 ct lot- 2011 Upper Deck #50 Jim Kelly Miami Buffalo Bills MINT Football Cards
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2001 UD LEGENDS PAST PATTERNS JIM KELLY JERSEY
$20.00

1993 SKYBOX CERTIFIED EMBOSSED JIM KELLY MAGIC HOF BILLS AUTOGRAPH #AU1 SP
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Jim Kelly BCCG 10 Mint 1988 Topps 221 Graded Card Buffalo Bills NFL Hall of Fame
$39.70

1995 Pinnacle Trophy Collection #42 Jim Kelly PSA 10
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JIM KELLY 2001 Upper Deck UD Piece of History Auto Autograph Jersey SP Bills HOF
$89.99

HIGHLAND MINT 1987 TOPPS JIM KELLY SILVER & BRONZE CARDS
$129.99

2005 LIMITED JIM KELLY AUTOGRAPH GAME JERSEY #D 25 TEAM TRADEMARKS BILLS HOF QB
$99.99

2003 Donruss Elite Passing The Torch Jim Kelly Bills 4 100 BGS 9.5 w 10 AUTO
$45.00
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Autograph Guide

Jim Kelly Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Jim Kelly's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Tristar, Upper Deck Authentic and Mounted Memories. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.

Jim Kelly Cut Signature Exemplar



Jim Kelly Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Jim Kelly signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item signed or when in his career, look for these signature characteristics:

Jim Kelly Signature Characteristics

  1. The signature is written on a slightly elevated plane of about 15 degrees.
  2. The letter "J" is legible and pronounced, no other letters of the first name are present.
  3. The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is roughly of equal size to the "J."
  4. The "K" contains two lines, the first is slightly curved with a small curl at the top; the second creates a small loop and forms the up and down strokes of the "K."
  5. The letter's "e-l-l" look nearly identical, as small cursive "e"'s with open loops.
  6. The letter "y" is implied by the down stroke off of the second ""l" and a small line to the left.
  7. The last name is "underlined" with a fish hook shaped line.

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Steiner Sports Jim Kelly Signed Buffalo Bills Replica Helmet "HOF 02" W Case
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JIM KELLY Hand Signed Inscribed Bills Proline Helmet STEINER
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Autographed Signed JIM KELLY Buffalo Bills Custom Stat Jersey JSA COA
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Jim Kelly signed Houston Gamblers jersey, JSA
$229.50

JIM KELLY BILLS SIGNED STREET & SMITH'S MAGAZINE AUTHENTIC PSA DNA #I15377
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Jim Kelly Framed Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed Buffalo Bills
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Orange College Style Jersey- JSA W Authenticated
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Jim Kelly Signed Autographed White Panel NFL Football PSA DNA
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JIM KELLY SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS BLUE STAT JERSEY JSA WITNESS AUTHENTICATED
$55.00

JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTO BUFFALO BILLS BLUE JERSEY JSA AUTOGRAPHED
$56.00

JIM KELLY SIGNED USFL NEW JERSEY GERERALS BILLS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED STEINER
$50.00

1988 Topps Jim Kelly #221 HOF Signed Autograph PSA DNA
$65.00

Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Buffalo Bills Logo Football- JSA W Authenticated
$149.00

JIM KELLY SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 11x14 PHOTO BUFFALO BILLS LEGEND PSA DNA
$135.00

Jim Kelly Signed Autographed Buffalo Bills FS Helmet JSA Witness
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JIM KELLY HAND SIGNED BUFFALO BILLS JERSEY PSA CERTIFICATION
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Comments

  1. I have a ’92 hologram sky box Jim Kelly.
    I can’t find it to price it,like a lot of my cards.
    Any help would be appreciated. Ty

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